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  • Anthony Venn-Brown
    Thought this may interest you in case you haven t already received it Anthony Moderator http://www.yahoo.com/group/Exex-gay There is the illusion that
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      Thought this may interest you in case you haven't already received it

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      From: John: THE LIST [mailto:john@...]
      Sent: Monday, March 11, 2002 8:04 PM
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      Subject: THE LIST: 9/11 Fund Screws Gays

      The List
      March 11, 2002

      Folks, it's 2 in the morning and I've just written this story because my
      blood is boiling.
      One of you out there just notified me that on Sunday
      morning's "Meet the Press," Kenneth Feinberg, the head of the September 11
      Victim's Compensation Fund (a program of the US Dept. of Justice), is
      on limiting what kind of compensation goes to gay and lesbian victims of the
      September 11 terrorist attacks. And the way the rules read, gays and
      will probably get nothing. Forget that Mark Bingham, a gay man, was one of
      the heroes who brought United Flight 93 down in a field in Pennsylvania
      instead of on top of the US Congress, where it was supposedly headed. And
      forget that NY Fire Department Chaplain Father Mychal Judge was gay, as was
      the copilot of the plane that flew into the Pentagon. No, according to John
      Ashcroft's Justice Department, apparently some heroes are more equal than
      This story is a must read. And pass it along to your friends. (Also,
      you'll really want to check out the story online, as there are a lot of
      hyperlinks in it to other good content about this issue, like John McCain's
      eulogy of Mark Bingham, etc.)
      I just cannot express the depth of my anger. It's as though Ashcroft and
      the Fund are suggesting that gay Americans did not suffer as much as
      everybody else on September 11. I can tell you that for me at least,
      watching the Pentagon burn outside my living room window is an image I won't
      soon forget - regardless of what John Ashcroft and the 9/11 fund think of me
      and my patriotism.
      Incredibly angrily yours, JOHN


      9/11 Fund to Discriminate Against Gays
      About.com - US Politics
      March 11, 2002
      by John Aravosis
      When Mark Bingham boarded the plane home that September morning, he had no
      idea that within hours he would die a hero.
      At 10:03 a.m. on the 11th of September, authorities believe the 6-foot-5
      rugby player from San Francisco was one of a handful of passengers who
      brought United Flight 93 down in a field in Pennsylvania. There were no
      survivors. Had Bingham and his fellow travelers not acted, it is thought
      the plane would have been flown into the US Congress.
      "It is now believed that the terrorists on Flight 93 intended to crash the
      airplane into the United States Capitol where I work, the great house of
      democracy where I was that day. It is very possible that I would have been
      in the building, with a great many other people, when that fateful, terrible
      moment occurred, and a beautiful symbol of our freedom was destroyed along
      with hundreds if not thousands of lives. I may very well owe my life to Mark
      and the others who summoned the enormous courage and love necessary to deny
      those depraved, hateful men their terrible triumph. Such a debt you incur
      for life." - (Senator John McCain's eulogy for Mark Bingham, September 22,
      But on today's six month anniversary of Mark's horrible death, and the
      nation's greatest tragedy in decades, Mark Bingham (in addition to other gay
      heroes of September 11) is now officially being declared a lesser kind of
      hero because he was gay.
      In an appearance on the Sunday, March 10 broadcast of NBC's "Meet the
      Press," Kenneth Feinberg, the head of the September 11th Victim Compensation
      Fund (a fund created by Congress and run by the Department of Justice), said
      that gay partners of the heroes of September 11th will not necessarily be
      eligible for the same compensation as heterosexual family members who lost
      their loved ones.
      According to Feinberg, lots and lots of people will receive compensation
      under the plan, including children, babies, and even fetuses. And as an
      indication of how generous the fund will be, even illegal aliens, who aren't
      American citizens and who are in the US in violation of federal law, will
      receive benefits. Feinberg even says that the Attorney General has promised
      that if undocumented aliens come forward, they won't be kicked out of the
      country, and their employers won't be penalized. "The attorney general, in
      consultation with Immigration, etc., undocumented aliens who come forward,
      the families will not suffer any consequences. They are covered by this
      program. They will get a check. The employer, where we need the economic
      information about the undocumented alien, will not be penalized," Feinberg
      told "Meet the Press."
      Yep, the Attorney General is himself willing to overlook US law so that the
      victims of September 11 can be compensated.
      But when it comes to gay Americans who lost a loved one to Mohammad Atta and
      his band of thieves, that's when Feinberg and the Department of Justice
      suddenly do an about face:
      "[Gays and lesbians are] left out of my program to the extent that their own
      state doesn't include them. I cannot get into a position in this program,
      which has a one-and-a-half or two-year life start second-guessing what the
      state of New York or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the state of
      Virginia or New Jersey, how they treat same-sex partners, domestic live-ins,
      etc. I simply say this: What does your state law say about who is eligible?
      If your state law makes you eligible, I will honor state law. If it doesn't,
      I go with the state. Otherwise, Tim, I would find myself getting sued in
      every state by people claiming that I'm not following how the state
      distributes money. I can't get into that local battle. I've got to rely on
      state law." - Kenneth Feinberg on NBC's "Meet the Press," March 10, 2002.
      That's a long-winded way of saying that if state law discriminates against
      gay people, then so will Feinberg and the 911 Fund. The problem for gay
      Americans who lost loved ones on September 11 is that most states do not
      legally recognize gay relationships, and the very few that do tend to do so
      only for state employees, not for citizens at large. And while a handful of
      cities do in fact recognize such relationships, under Feinberg's formula,
      it's the state's law that counts, not the city's.
      So, in the end, pretty much everyone who died - including people who aren't
      even American citizens and were living in the US illegally - will be honored
      by the September 11th Fund as deserving of America's special recognition and
      thanks. The sole exception will be gay and lesbian Americans, because
      Feinberg and the 911 Fund wouldn't want to do anything contrary to US law.
      (Unless of course it involves an illegal alien who isn't even American -
      then apparently it's okay to bend the rules.)
      On this six-month anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and
      the Pentagon, Kenneth Feinberg and the September 11th Fund are telling the
      American people that regardless of whether a gay man was one of the four
      heroes on United Flight 93 who saved the US Congress and the White House
      from utter annihilation, the 911 Fund plans to discriminate against an
      American hero because most of the country sanctioned such discrimination
      prior to September 11.
      If September 11 has taught us anything, it's that our patriotism and love of
      country transcend our differences and unite us all. It would be ironic if
      the generosity of so many Americans in giving to the September 11th Fund
      were used to further divide us as a people, and send the message to all that
      some American heroes are more equal than others.
      I leave you with these words of Senator John McCain.
      "I never knew Mark Bingham. But I wish I had. I know he was a good son and
      friend, a good rugby player, a good American, and an extraordinary human
      being. He supported me, and his support now ranks among the greatest honors
      of my life. I wish I had known before September 11 just how great an honor
      his trust in me was. I wish I could have thanked him for it more profusely
      than time and circumstances allowed. But I know it now. And I thank him with
      the only means I possess, by being as good an American as he was.
      "America will overcome these atrocities. We will prevail over our enemies.
      We will right this terrible injustice. And when we do, let us claim it as a
      tribute to our liberty, and to Mark Bingham and all those who died to defend
      * Senator John McCain, Eulogy for Mark Bingham, September 22, 2001.

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      888-714-3385 (Toll-Free)
      202-305-1352 (Direct Dial)
      TDD: 888-560-0844

      Office of the Attorney General:

      The White House:

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